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Notice and tags removed,ceasefire declared,ex-gratia to martyrs

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Kathmandu, May 3 (UNI) The newly formed all party government in Nepal today announced an indefinite ceasefire with the Maoists removed the Red Corner notices and terrorist tag on them, decided to provide rupees one million each to the family of those killed in the pro-democracy agitation and cancelled the municipal elections held by royal government.

Reciprocating the Maoists unilateral cease-fire declared a week ago, the cabinet has decided to declare cease-fire sine die, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign affairs Minister KP Sharma Oli said after the meeting of the cabinet in the evening.

The government has also called on the Maoists to come to the negotiating table at the earliest.

The Maoists had declared four-month-long unilateral cease-fire in September last year and despite the call to reciprocate by the political parties and international community, the previous government had not initiated any such move.

The new democratic government has also decided to annul the local municipal elections held in February. There was low turn out and all the major political parties had boycotted the polls, saying that they would not participate in the election held under the autocratic rule of the king.

The cabinet meeting also decided to provide Rs one million to each of the families of the martyrs of the people's movement.

At least 19 persons including an Indian national were killed in the anti-king demonstrations in Kathmandu last month. The Indian national is also one of the martyrs of the people's movement.

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